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A Top Fashion Blogger Reveals Her 6 Favorite Skincare Picks

Smart Beauty Matters

BY Bradley Agather Means // 03.08.17

Editor’s note: Contributing style editor and renowned Dallas fashion blogger Bradley Agather Means makes room for six powerhouse skincare picks.

1. Do-it-all serum
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is proof that good things come in tiny (and not-so-inexpensive) bottles. The 22 active ingredients are all recognizable — a refreshing and rare quality, considering most skincare products read like a chemistry experiment. The non-comedogenic serum does it all: inhibits discoloration, evens out complexion, and diminishes wrinkles. It’s liquid gold for the skin.

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum $185, at Joanna Czech, 2410 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, 214.812.9488; Kuhl-Linscomb, 2424 W. Alabama St., Houston, 713.526.6000

2. Makeup eraser
As someone who’s always equated soapy suds with a cleanser’s worth, I was reluctant to switch to an oil-based product. It seemed counter intuitive. Would it really remove all my makeup?

In fact, yes. Two pumps of Tatcha’s Camellia Cleansing Oil, followed by a warm rinse, is all it takes to erase all traces of the day’s makeup. It even works on stubborn waterproof mascara. Added bonus: It’s paraben-free and organic.

Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil $48, at TTH Forty Five Ten, 60 Highland Park Village, Dallas, 214.252.0510; Sephora, The Galleria, 5015 Westheimer Road, Houston, 713.961.3580. 

Holiday Gifting

  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Nocturne Studio
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Casa di Lino
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Mariquite Masterson

3. Goop is good
I’ve read that Gwyneth Paltrow uses this mask every day so this little nugget of wisdom from the fountain of youth herself was all I needed to give Goop’s Exfoliating Instant Facial a go.

The result? This three-minute mask left my skin smoother, brighter, and with a subtle (but noticeable!) lit-from-within glow. It’s hard to believe anything could make my skin look so good so quickly. Add this one to your pre-party skincare routine.

Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial $125, at Forty Five Ten on Main, 1615 Main St., Dallas, 214.559.4510; Forty Five Ten River Oaks, River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Road, 281.560.4510. 

4. 90-minute miracle
Just a few minutes into my first facial at Joanna Czech’s Victory Park office, I was already rearranging my calendar to schedule another. Using skin-plumping LED and ultrasound therapy, this treatment is one of the most productive 90 minutes in your day. Each facial is customized to the individual and delivers immediate results: smaller pores and a dewy complexion. Book one during your lunch hour.

From $225, at Joanna Czech, 2410 Victory Park Lane, 214.812.9488.

5. Game changer
Don’t let the name fool you: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is not a lotion. It’s an exfoliating toner that, thanks to a combination of lactic and salicylic acid, gives you the best skin of your life. Applying a toner post-cleanse is an extra step, yes, but if you’re using the P50, it’s a necessary one.

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 $98, at The Spa at The Joule, 1530 Main St., 214.748.1300; L’atelier de Beaute, 1950 Hughes Landing, The Woodlands, 281.771.5569. 

6. Best-kept secret
With a key birthday just two months away, anti-aging is starting to have a whole new ring. I’m relying on Dallas dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Cather to guide me down the right path. Along with standard dermatology services, her Park Lane practice offers a host of cosmetic treatments such as photofacials, chemical peels, and, of course, Botox.

Appointments are hard to come by — perhaps even more so now that I’ve let this little cat out of the bag. My advice: Take a number. It’s worth it.

Modern Dermatology, 9101 N. Central Expressway, Suite 160, 214.265.1818.

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